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Lessons From A Newborn

Weekly Devotionals

Lessons From A Newborn

1 John 3:1
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!  The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. 

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This past September we had a new addition to our family.  Emma Renee Lee was born weighing in at 3.48kg, she can cry with anyone and has one of the most beautiful eyes.  Yes, as rookie parents our world has turned upside down and down again but at the end of each day, Lois and I are happy to have survived the day.  Emma can make us smile, cry, laugh and panic all in the same hour.

Over this past month, Emma has already taught us many lessons on life especially lessons on how to be child-like.  Emma is completely dependent on us for everything, she cant even turn her head without our help.  Over the years I’ve gotten so good at taking matters into my own hands, trying to clean up my own mess which is a futile effort.  Imagine baby Emma trying to change her own diaper, that would be one hot mess.  Emma does not hesitate to call on us for milk, diaper change, and comfort.  She is so good at crying out for our help and she does it unapologetically with such confidence.  I thought to myself, there was a time when I used to cry out to God with that kind of confidence and tenacity and yet for some reason my cries have gotten much softer and tamed.

In the passage above, Apostle John marvels the truth – that we are God’s children.  I hope this truth will never get old to your spiritual life, that we would live in the wonder and joyous truth that we can call God our Father and we can come to him for everything.  I mean everything. Even what we think of as a dirty diaper change, he will not reject us or leave us in our mess.  He will turn up and respond every time to our cry.  Do you believe that?  I believe one of the privileges and power is in the ‘Knowing’; knowing the Father.  I hope you will be reminded of the kind of Father He is and His love that he has lavished on us.